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United States of Beer or REALLY KEYSTONE LIGHT!?!?!

We have yet another fun United States map dedicated to food, or in this case drink.  Usually these are fun and offer themselves for some fun sparring as to what culinary delight best defines a state.  This attempt at giving each state a beer, I believe, was compiled just to make me mad.  Really Keystone Light?????  Now, granted the University of Alabama is a massive Frat school and I know much sub par beer like Keystone and Natural Light are consumed by the barrel full but C’Mon Man!!!!  REALLY KEYSTONE LIGHT?!?!?   So I am going to offer our friends at the Houston Press a THREAT suggestion on a few other beer choices for our great state of Alabama.  BTW, are you happy with your states representation? Let Me Know!!!  Click here for original Article

Two Choice Brews from our Fair State:

Good People Brewing Company

Olde Towne Brewing Company


Good Eats at Food Blog South

Welcome Food Blog South Bloggers!!! I love Birmingham, and I know you will too!  It is as diverse a city in it’s culture as it is in it’s culinary scene.  So this is a special post for all you awesome food bloggers that will be joining me Saturday at Food Blog South!  I wanted to make sure you feel comfortable in our fine city and have a few local places to sample from while you are here.  So welcome and I hope you enjoy!

Urban Standard– Urban Standard is a hip relatively new shop in Birmingham’s developing 2nd Ave North district. At Urban you can you get an excellent cup or coffee or Latte brewed with Birmingham’s own Primavera Coffee.  Coffee is not the only special part of the Urban experience.  About two years ago the very popular coffee destination began to serve lunch.  They have some of the best Paninos in the city.  They combine some pretty exciting flavors like fresh goat cheese and balsamic jelly on a chicken panino and not to mention the best Grilled Cheese you will ever eat, it is excellent.  They also have a fish sandwich with preserved Meyer Lemons that is worth slapping your mother for.  You will not regret making the short drive over to Urban Standard on 2nd avenue North.

O’Henry’s Coffee– Hands down my favorite coffee in Birmingham.  O’Henry’s roasts all of their own beans and blends.  My favorite is their Jamaica Me Crazy.  O’Henry’s has several locations all over the city.  At some of their locations they also serve lunch.  For a more extensive review of O’Henrys with directions Click here

Urban Cookhouse– A great new Locavore destination in Birmingham

Dreamland BBQ– Best Ribs in Birmingham

Nabeel’s– Incredible Mediterranean

Jensei Sushi- Best Sushi in Birmingham

The J Clyde– Best Place to get a drink in Birmingham

My Favorite Brew

While I do love traditional alcoholic beers, my favorite beer can be enjoyed by the young and old alike.  A few years ago, while dealing with a sour stomach, I went on search for a good ginger ale to help settle everything out.  What I found was no ordinary bland ginger ale, I found Reed’s Ginger Beer, and my life has not been the same since.  No Joke, it is really that amazing.  Reed’s is a Jamaican ginger beer traditionally brewed with pineapple juice, ginger and a few other natural ingredients.  No preservatives and no unnatural ingredients make this brew not only amazingly tasty but very healthy as well.  Go. Now. Get some.  You will not regret it, I promise.  You can find Reed’s Ginger Beer at most specialty stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.  I recommend the Extra Ginger recipe for an even spicier ginger flavor.

Quick Fun Recipe that I make for my kids and myself with Reeds Ginger Beer!

Strawberry Gingerade


6 Ripe Strawberries halved

1/2 Meyer Lemon sliced into wedges

1 1/2 Tablespoons Sugar

1 Bottle Reeds Extra Ginger Beer


Place the sugar in the bottom of a pint glass, add the lemon slices and strawberries.  Take your muddler and muddle these together smashing the strawberries and drawing the natural oils from the lemon peels.   Remove the lemon rinds and make sure the strawberries are finely mashed and combined.  Then slowly add the Reeds Ginger Beer.  Stir to combine, add ice and Enjoy!

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